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And slow, as in a dream of bliss,
Her shadow, as it falls
As if a door in heaven should be
Opened and then closed suddenly,
The vision came and went,
On England's annals, through the long
That light its rays shall cast
A Lady with a Lamp shall stand
A noble type of good,
Nor even shall be wanting here
The symbols that of yore
THE DISCOVERER OF THE NORTH CAPE.
A LEAF FROM KING ALFRED'S OROSIUS.
OTHERE, the old sea-captain,
Who dwelt in Helgoland,
Which he held in his brown right hand.
His figure was tall and stately,
Like a boy's his eye appeared ;
His hair was yellow as hay,
Gleamed in his tawny beard.
Hearty and hale was Othere,
His cheek had the color of oak; With a kind of laugh in his speech, Like the sea-tide on a beach,
As unto the King he spoke.
And Alfred, King of the Saxons,
Had a book upon his knees,
Into the Arctic seas.
“ So far I live to the northward,
No man lives north of me; To the east are wild mountain-chains, And beyond them meres and plains;
To the westward all is sea.
6 So far I live to the northward,
From the harbor of Skeringes-hale, If you only sailed by day, With a fair wind all the way,
More than a month would you sail.
6 I own six hundred reindeer,
With sheep and swine beside; I have tribute from the Finns, Whalebone and reindeer-skins,
And ropes of walrus-hide.
“ I ploughed the land with horses,
But my heart was ill at ease, For the old seafaring men Came to me now and then,
With their sagas of the seas;
"Of Iceland and of Greenland,
And the stormy Hebrides,